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They Told Me Not to Take that Job: Trials, Tribulations, and Triumphs at Lincoln Center and Elsewhere

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Reynold Levy joined Lincoln Center in 2002. When he did so America’s leading arts venue was routinely described in terms like this:

“Behind the scenes, however, Lincoln Center is a community in deep distress, riven by conflict over a grandiose $1 billion redevelopment plan… instead of uniting the Center’s constituent arts organizations behind a common goal, the
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published May 12th 2015 by PublicAffairs
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Laurie
Jul 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
I may have slightly overrated this book for sentimental reasons. I grew up on Long Island, just a 40 minute drive from Manhattan and a slightly longer drive to Lincoln Center. My parents took my brother and me (and upon marrying, my husband, as well) to innumerable performances of the New York City Ballet, plus occasional forays to hear the Philharmonic (including with my Mom when I was newly married) or see theatre at the Vivian Beaumont. And I attended at least one opera at the Met.

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yaniv
Nov 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
interesting book... an inside and behind the scenes look at how many personalities there are involved in nonprofit management and any large organization with fundraising. However, my main qualm with the book is the writing. unfortunately the material comes out too dry to the point of boring, and I kept losing interest
Fred Darbonne
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Reynold Levy, president of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York City, from 2002 to 2014, shares instructive backstories in the redevelopment of the parent organization for the Metropolitan Opera, The New York City Ballet, The New York Philharmonic, the Juilliard School, and several other resident performing arts companies. He doesn’t wince at sharing accounts of the political intrigue, entrenchment, and even the opposition of the constituent arts organizations as he and his board wor ...more
Carmen
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
Synopsis: “My name is Reynold Levy and I’ve never made a mistake. A lot of other people have, though. Let me tell you about how they messed up, how they wouldn’t have if they’d listened to me, and how I compare myself to iconic American leaders because they named a pedestrian bridge after me.”

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Olga Vannucci
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Billionaire philanthropists
Who love their naming rights
Enable great performances,
Put artists' names in lights.
Karen
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A masterwork on leadership. Reynold Levy took over the top job at Lincoln Center after Nat Leventhal. There are 12 resident organizations at Lincoln Center, which is sort of a landlord. They told him not to take that job because unlike the UN Security Council which has 5 vetoes, Lincoln Center essentially has 12 vetoes. At first, the book seemed like a bit of chest thumping, but the more I read, the more I came to admire the work he'd done to move the organization forward, visioning and implemen ...more
Chuck Knudsen
Jul 12, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: unfinished
It sounds so very interesting, about the man who took over the Lincoln Center and turned it around. I couldn't get past the first several highly congratulatory and ego-boosting early chapters. I really don't care about the wonderful jobs you did a wonderful job at before this, or how prestigious the job was and how lucky you were to get it, blah blah boring.
Celine
My take away from this book: I want to have lunch with Anna Wintour an have her tell me she likes my outfit.
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